“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
“Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future.” – Fulton Oursler
“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.” – Sydney J. Harris
“Regret of neglected opportunity is the worst hell that a living soul can inhabit.” – Rafael Sabatini
“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
“It’s not what you are, it’s what you don’t become that hurts.” – Oscar Levant
“Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so.” – David Grayson
I included all of these quotes because I don’t think I could’ve said it any better myself. Too many people live with regrets. I don’t know when I realized this but sitting back in the last session of one of my favorite classes for the semester I am reminded. I may not know exactly when I started feeling like this but I just know that regrets are something that I would rather be without. More specifically the regret of not doing. I don’t want to be cursed with the feeling of thinking what could’ve been.
I rather get rejected from the most beautiful girl, or not get into a really competitive program that I applied, than sit back and always wonder what if I did say something or what if I did apply.
I made a promise to myself that I will not be that guy, and maybe sometimes that will lead to heartbreak, or disappointment or anything else bad that you could think of, but it sure beats the regret of not doing. So now I want to challenge you all to do the same thing.
Ask the girl/guy out!
Apply for that internship!
Makeup with that person that you’re feuding with!
Call your family!
Make that change!
Take that vacation!
Do what you may later regret if you don’t!
And for all of you who already have regrets that you are living with, take a minute and grab a piece of paper and a pencil. Then I want you to take that pencil and write down all of your regrets. Now take a good look at that paper, remember how all of these regrets made you feel, then grab an eraser and erase it all. Now look at that page again, that blank page is your clean slate, now move on from it. I know that some things may have been scary in the past and we may not have pent up resentment but instead just let it go and treat those past situations as lessons learned.
Every day is a clean slate, do the things you would regret not doing.